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Last year was a career changing one for writer/director David Ayer. While the filmmaker became a talent to watch thanks to the success Training Day in 2001, his career hit a bit of a speed bump when he moved over to directing, failing to find either critical praise or an audience for cop dramas like Harsh Times and Street Kings.
But then came his latest film, End of Watch. Not only did the movie end up being Ayer's biggest hit among critics, it was a financial win as well, able to pull in a solid $41 million during its domestic run on a meager $7 million budget. The film revived Ayer's name and made him an exciting filmmaker to follow again, and while he's already in post-production on his next film - Ten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - he's still setting up projects for the future.
According to Deadline, QED International has paid $1 million to acquire Fury, a World War II-set spec script that Ayer wrote and is now set to direct. The story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses, and follows a five man American tank squadron who fight off the remainder of the German forces. In describing the project, Ayer said that the movie will "bring a fresh execution to the genre," adding, "What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.”
Ten - which was also made by QED and co-stars Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard and Mireille Enos - will be arriving in theaters on January 24, 2014.